Steps to Attract Young People to the Construction Industry

The younger generation will advance the construction industry once baby boomers retire. Once young people grasp the construction industry's reality and opportunities, more will venture in and make it an even more-productive sector.
By Chris Jackson
December 1, 2020

With many workers now retiring from their jobs, the youth—Millennials and Generation Z—will be the ones to compose the workforce in any industry, including construction. Unfortunately, with most youths lacking interest in the construction field, construction companies may have a hard time enticing them to join. There's no need to be anxious, though, since construction companies can follow these steps to attract young people.

Make Them Interested

When it comes to persuading young people, companies must know how to approach them so that they won't feel like a lecture. Most young people don’t like it when people lecture them, as they think they're being shackled or restrained. An excellent method of trying to talk to them about the industry is by giving them hope.

Any person would want something that would make them successful now and in the future. Most young adults have just finished college or university, and some don't know where to go. They feel lost and need a sense of direction in which they can have better lives.

When discussing the construction industry, young people need to know that there's a successful future. With a little bit of perseverance, the youth might gain something valuable out of it.

Talk About Income

To convince young people to join the trades, they need to know that venturing in the construction industry can help them become financially stable at a young age. It's one of the most common dilemmas that young people experience after graduating: whether they can get a job with a stable income or not. Once they can gain some traction and start small, they already have a big chance of becoming financially stable as early as their 20s.

Ensure Stability With the Industry

Some young people might be financially stable even without being a part of the construction industry because of their parents' money. Nonetheless, it's also wise to make sure that the money grows, and the construction industry can become a safety net for them in moments where they need emergency money.

Due to the pandemic, many young people have a hard time securing a job. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic started, looking for jobs was a struggle.

Helping the Community

A properly constructed building is a big help to the community. The construction industry's primary purpose is to help the community and provide a sustainable commercial building in which tenants can grow their businesses. It is beneficial to them, but it's also a big help in increasing the local economy.

Integrate Technological Advances

Lastly, any firm can start by simple steps, such as introducing exciting things in the construction industry to young people. In the construction industry alone, new technologies and trends emerge yearly. Today's youth are more technologically oriented, so they might be excited and challenged by upcoming technological innovations.

The younger generation will advance the construction industry once baby boomers retire. Once young people grasp the construction industry's reality and opportunities, more will venture in and make it an even more-productive sector.

by Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson is an experienced Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. He is currently employed by Best Access Doors, an access door supplier in the US and Canada, and has been working for the company for more than 12 years now. His area of expertise is on Negotiation, Roofers, Sales, Project Estimation, and Facility Management (FM).

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